Glossary of Terms:
Boroughs: The City of New York comprises five geographic sections
called ďboroughs.Ē Schools that are part of Community School Districts, High
Schools, and Specialized Superintendencies all receive a borough designation as
K=Brooklyn (Kings County)
R=Staten Island (Richmond County)
The district number will identify the type of school or program, but the
district letter designates the location. This is helpful because each borough
includes diverse types of schools and programs.
Community School District: There are 32 Community School Districts
located throughout the five boroughs of New York City. The Community School
Districts, supervised by a Community Superintendent and Community School Board,
operate elementary, intermediate/middle, and junior high schools.
High School Superintendencies: Five districts, supervised by High School
Superintendents, are responsible for high schools throughout New York City.
Specialized superintendencies, such as the Chancellorís District and Citywide
Special Education Programs District, are responsible for schools and programs
located throughout New York City.
Alternative, Adult and Continuing Education (79): The Alternative
Superintendency provides innovative instructional programs designed to meet the
unique requirements of targeted student populations including gifted and
talented, drop out, at-risk, special education, newly arrived immigrant,
incarcerated youth, pregnant and parenting teens, basic literacy and adult
learners. Programs include performance-based assessment, interdisciplinary
instruction, block programming, external internships, family group advisement,
intensive professional development activities, and school-based governance.
The Alternative, Adult, and Continuing Education Program encompasses 70 unique
schools with over 400 sites serving more than 45,000 students ranging from two
months to over 21 years of age. In addition, the program enrolls over 40,000
adult and continuing education students in more than 200 sites.
Chancellorís District (85 / 74 High Schools): The Chancellor has
addressed the challenge to reverse the historical trend of failure in schools
under registration review (SURR)that have been mandated for improvement.
Although geographically located in community school districts and high school
superintendencies throughout New York City, these schools are under the
supervision of the Chancellorís District.
The Chancellorís District provides a centralized educational and administrative
structure for intervention in those districts and schools that fail to
demonstrate the capacity to transform themselves. As a result of the focus,
direction, prescription, and support provided to schools included in the
Chancellorís District, they can become organizations that deliver quality
instruction and other support services for their students, and thus begin to
meet educational standards.
The Chancellorís District includes On-Site Professional Development
(specialists assigned to all schools that offer support and services to all
teachers on a daily basis) and other special programs: Success for All,
Mathematics Trailblazers, Project Start, Extended School Day programs, weekend
programs, Instructional Technology programs, Literacy/Mathematics Development,
and Library Media Centers.
The Chancellorís District also includes Extended Time Schools that provide
qualified teachers with a 15% increase in base salary as well as loan
forgiveness or scholarships for tuition reimbursement.
Citywide Special Education Programs (75): Citywide Special Education
Programs provide educational, vocational, and behavioral support programs for
approximately 20,000 students with a broad range of abilities, disabilities,
and support needs through specialized instructional environments and services.
Service is provided in the five boroughs in numerous school organizations and
sites located in community schools, high schools, special education schools,
hospitals, and agencies as well as students' homes.
Nonpublic Schools (64): The Bureau of Nonpublic Schools (NPS) provides
Title I services in over 250 schools throughout the five boroughs of New York
City. NPS services approximately 23,000 Title I eligible students in the areas
of Reading, Math, and English as a Second Language as well as Clinical and